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Grateful Dead Live at Alfred College on 1970-05-01

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Grateful Dead Live at Alfred College on 1970-05-01

Set 1

Deep Elem Blues
I Know You Rider
Monkey and the Engineer ->
Me And My Uncle
Mama Tried
Cumberland Blues
The Race Is On
Wake Up Little Susie
New Speedway Boogie
Cold Jordan
Uncle John's Band

Set 3

Drums ->
Not Fade Away
Hard To Handle
Cryptical Envelopment ->
Drums ->
The Other One ->
Cryptical Envelopment
High Time
Turn On Your Lovelight

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Alfred College
Location Alfred, NY

Source Source 1: SBD -> Master Reel -> CD Source 2: SBD ->Master Reel -> Dat -> Sonic Solutions -> CD Source 3: SBD -> Master Reel -> Reel-> Dat -> Sonic Solutions -> CD
Lineage CD -> Adobe Audition v1.5 ->Samplitude Professional v10.1 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Source 1 provides Deep Elem Blues through Cumberland Blues
-- Source 2 provides The Race Is On through the middle of Drums
-- Source 3 provides the middle of Drums though the end of the show
-- Part of the acoustic set with members of the New Riders
-- Thanks to David Gans for sources 2 and 3
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction


Reviewer: Thumbblue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2017
Subject: Sounds so good
This recording is wonderful. Got to love it.
Reviewer: Cowglands - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2016
Subject: NRPS Harmonies
I don't review shows typically, but the gorgeous high harmonies in Me and My Uncle and Mama Tried need to be heard.
I love both songs when played electric, but this easy acoustic is spectacular.
Reviewer: jgmf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2015
Subject: An Evening With The Grateful Dead
Reviewer: pinga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2015
Subject: this is 1 sick ass acoustic/electric show!
I own the Harpur College Dick's Pick's and this show is right up there with it. Great quality for a 1970 show and awesome setlist. Killer versions of their 'cowboy' repertoire, Me & My Uncle and Mama Tried...great The Other One and Hard To Handle as well...Hard to believe these guys would play these gigs to just 100 people or so...wish I could've been a fly on the wall of that auditorium in Alfred,NY!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2014
Subject: --
Absolutely gorgeous. All the space around every note of the acoustic set is seamless, velvet-black. The vocals here are enchanting (listen to Bobby and Jerry on, of all things, Monkey & Engineer).

The electric stuff soars as well - Other One, NFA, the (cut) Lovelight - ten times yes! Will likely be among your personal faves.
Reviewer: barreramusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2014
Subject: What a beauty
And I haven't even heard a note of the electric set yet. Great sound! Thanks!!!
Reviewer: DMTrue13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2013
Subject: marmaduke
this is awesome, great era. that sounds like john dawson singing with bobby on mama tried, i love it!
Reviewer: mattsegel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2013
Subject: Unbelievable
I don't care how 'good' the second set is, the first set is unreal, Jerry singing on Mama Tried and MAMU...sound is perfect. This is gold! Actually upon further review I don't think Jerry is singing on those songs.
Reviewer: Highwater_Henry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2013
Subject: Clean
The little extra line Jerry throws in on I Know You Rider is a line from Jimmie Rogers Blue Yodel No.1, I believe. I guess it's just another shining example of how the Grateful Dead paid homage to those that came before. The quality of this one is amazing. All of it! The show, the transfer, and even the setlist! Thanks to Charlie for this one!
Reviewer: oydave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2013
Subject: '70 bliss
OMG Charlie..Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is the stuff we look for. To hear this crystal clear acoustic just makes me finally realize what the internet was invented for....

Well...this and nekkid chicks.
Reviewer: GermanShepherd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2012
Subject: I Know You Rider coolness
This version of I Know You Rider has some alternate lyrics that I haven't heard before. [I'd rather drink muddy water; sleep in a hollow log, then to sleep here in Frisco; be treated like a dog.] Also from Wiki, it was the first song that Phil Lesh rehearsed with the band upon joining. However, Lesh was not confident enough in his own singing abilities to handle the song's lead vocal.
Reviewer: cloudsplitter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2012
Subject: Those monitors....or beer..
A great acoustic set with a nice Deep Elem Blues to warm us up.

Dig it, like uh.
Reviewer: grateful hillbilly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2012
Subject: THANK YOU
I have lived near tiny Alfred NY all my life, and only recently found this. This is arguably one of the best acoustic sets they ever did! To think they actually played Alfred State, so wish I could have been there! Thank you archive for letting so many of us experience these shows when we were unable to be there!
Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2012
Subject: Finally getting the deserved spotlight
In the cassette days this circulated as filler labeled St Louis, and in poorer quality. Now that we have this in MoM quality (magic of Miller) we now know it's much better than the more famous following day! (Dicks #8)

For my money the 1st set is the best acoustic set of the 1970 format. After the Deep Elem warmup each song is totally nailed. The second dead set (which followed an NRPS set) is also decent enough but with most shows from this period, the focus was on the acoustic set. It has a good Hard to Handle and Other One is also worth the time.

1st Set:  A+
2nd Set: C+
Overall:   B+
4 Stars

Rider - A near-perfect example of the acoustic/slow-folk version (also check 2/7/70)
Cumberland - The funky thumping type
Wake Up Little Susie
New Speedway - On Fallout from the Phil Zone

A+ versions of the following:
Monkey and the Engineer
Me and My Uncle
Mama Tried
Race is On

The Miller95683 source is the best representation of this show and is itself part of the art that has made this show enjoyable. Consider the fact that the vault has no master. (And we finally get to hear this Other One)
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2012
Subject: Fantastic acoustic set.
Great show.
Reviewer: bear06460 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2011
Subject: CLASSIC
a beautiful and classic wooden dead performance. every bit as good as the harpur college acoustic set.
Reviewer: mbrokedown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2011
Subject: David Nelson
Not too bad either... great 1st set & recording.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2011
Subject: Sick of cowboy medleys?
These versions of MAMU and Mama Tried ought to cure that. What an incredible acoustic set - every song is an absolute gem. The electric set is excellent too but almost seems to pale in comparison to that stellar acoustic set.
Reviewer: peasant - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2011
Subject: Nothing wrong with making money
I have read comments often like the ones below that seem to suggest that there is some sort of artistic purity to be attached to being unpopular and bankrupt. Tell me. Do you think any band gets together and slogs it out on the road to build a fan base and puts out records so they can stay poor?? There is nothing wrong with the fact that after 1971 the Dead became popular and profitable. Get off your high horse.

That said....This is one sweet show. Thanks to all who were there back then to make sure that tapes survived.
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2010
I'm not sure why, but this version of Speedway Boogie is the only one that really stands out to me. Garcia never reproduced these shredding guitar leads again. His work on this song has been a clear example to me that he is the most lyrical guitar player I have ever heard. This show is the pinnacle of the "Workingman's Dead" era. Sit back and enjoy.
Reviewer: tendercinder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2010
Subject: mmm
I am quite madly in love with this but very new to the glory...does anyone actually have this show ??
Reviewer: Smerdyakov - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2010
Subject: Acoustic Alchemy
The acoustic set here is pure gold. Sound AND performance wise. Start to finish it's brilliant. Really.
The electric portion is scorcher in it's own rights. NFA burns. There are a few blemishes.
Still, this one is a keeper brothers and sisters.
Reviewer: gphishmon - - January 27, 2010
Subject: The harmonies are sweet
There's some unusually lovely, on-key high harmony during the acoustic set - is that someone from NRPS sitting in?

Will rate it if/when I listen to the rest.
Reviewer: beantown_adc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2010
Subject: the last part is a bit muddy
Sad...the material from source 3 (Cryptical Envelopment on) suffers from some pretty harsh oversaturation below ~ 125HZ. Even a fair bit of tweaking couldn't stop my subwoofer from acting up. Unfortunate, because both the playing and the material from the other sources is excellent.
Reviewer: philzone1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2009
Subject: wow
super good me and my uncle!
Reviewer: crackmaven george - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2009
Subject: alfred?
alfred ny is just a couple of miles south east of alfred station in alegany couunty ny us of a
Reviewer: banditos33 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2009
Subject: cold jordan
We needed more versions of CJ.
Reviewer: the jeffy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2009
Subject: Alfred may '70
just found this site!

I was there. was a freshman. The show was at the Tech college, across the valley.
The acid was very good that nite, but I do remember hanging out with Phil and Mickey as they loaded the station wagons to split after the show.
I think there were maybe 50 people at the show - haha!!

Next nite was the magical Harpur college show - we drove in Wally's '61 bug to binghampton.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" May 1, 1970 at Alfred College, Alfred, NY, U.S.A.


Thirty nine years ago the GRATEFUL DEAD were in Alfred, NY wherever that is?

Why were they there? Because in 1970 the GRATEFUL DEAD were not a HUGE CORPORATE MONEY MACHINE, like most you know them.

They were the scariest, ugliest, freakiest, most bizzare show outside of a bonafide FREAK SHOW.

Most people today only know the GRATEFUL DEAD as this HUGE money making machine that only played coliseums. You missed listen to the boys be the boys, without the big Bill Graham Production.

If you got turned on to the GRATEFUL DEAD after 1972, all you know of them is this huge money making machine. I remember when NOBODY would sign the GRATEFUL DEAD, I remember when Warner Bros, "GREEN LABEL" was losing money on the DEAD.

The fad of the "Hippy Scene" was exploited. Thank GOD the DEAD rejected that crap.

It's called show business, no business, no show.
This is before the business, before the corporations, before the avarice.

I think this is the best sounding, most complete set of songs for the May 1, 1970 show.

Okay there are several May 1, 1970 shows here on the IA. I got them all. I recommend you get them all too.

Get em' while you can, get em' while they're free, get em' now or you'll be sorry. The "Man" giveth and the "Man" taketh away.

Stereo mix, excellent recording, exceptional performances. A must have for any collector of 1970 GRATEFUL DEAD.

Me and My Uncle is in the pocket.

Sounds like Marmaduke (from the NRPS) is singing backup with Bobby on Mama Tried, written by Merle Haggard.

Electric GRATEFUL DEAD starts with Not Fade Away.

Hard To Handle is funky, Pigpen was the greatest front man I ever saw...The GRATEFUL DEAD were great, but they were the best when they had PIGPEN. Pigpen had soul, heart, and an unlimited amount of talent.

Cryptical Envelopement is sweet and jazzy...I loved the Ahthem of the Sun pun intended...

Eat, Drink, be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the Love.
Reviewer: GennyBenni - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2009
Subject: to oh_uh_um_ha or whatever
Garcia WAS using an electric on that song - that's why it sounds like one. He always swapped out his acoustic for an electric on this tune.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2009
Subject: One of the very best wooden sets...
This so fine, and it doesnt hurt that much of this is sourced from vault reels. What a treat having this incredible acoustic set in its entirety. (99 pts)
Reviewer: patourkid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2008
Subject: ohhhh well
If thats all the better I could play I wouldn't even call myself a musician.
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